SBJ/20100201/What I Like

Lawrence Taylor, NFL Hall of Famer

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What I like …

An insight: I take life a lot slower at 50 than I did at 30 and I’m a better person for it.

An influential person in my career: My high school coach, Melvin Jones, and the late Giants owner Wellington Mara.

An out-of-the-box idea: Golf balls with GPS and a floater.

A timeless idea: A range finder on the golf course.

A business deal: My relationship with Nutrisystem has changed my life.

A sports facility: I haven’t been inside yet, but I’ve seen the outside of the New Meadowlands Stadium (it will always be Giants Stadium) and it looks amazing. Move over, Dallas.

A sports event: Nothing bigger than the Super Bowl.

A strategy: The one our coaches implemented against the Bills in Super Bowl XXV.

A hire: The Giants hiring George Young in 1979 to be GM.

A brand: Just For Men hair coloring.

A trend: People more conscious about health and living smarter.

An innovation: Sports medicine. The ability for athletes to recover from injury now is amazing.

A pro league or team business initiative: The USFL. Donald Trump almost had me before they folded up the tents.

A story that bears watching: President Obama’s health care plan.

An idea or invention I wish I had thought of: Protective material to guard against concussions.

What I Like About …

My job: Freedom of not going to practice every day.

Sports: Camaraderie and competition.

Sports business: As a player, it’s simple … The better you perform, the more you get paid. I never had a problem with being paid on performance.

Sports media: Do I really need to answer? It’s easy for the guys with notepads to throw darts.

Sports technology: Takes the guessing out of the officials’ hands.

Competing: The adrenaline can never be matched, whether it is on the football field or even the golf course.

The future (or direction) of sports business: Owners always making a lot of money.

Sports fans: Blind loyalty. They support you through good and bad, and Giants fans do bleed Giant blue.

What I Would Like To …

Change: Speed limits.

Change in what I do: I’m actually content with my life.

See: All my kids and grandkids lead happy, healthy, successful lives.

See more of in sports: In football, let the quarterbacks get hit again.

See less of in sports: Divas.

See less of in sports business: Guys collecting money not based on performance.

Eliminate: My bills

What I Don’t Like …

In general: Loud people.

Pet peeve: Wearing shoes. I only wear sandals.

In sports: Officials affecting the outcome of games.

In business: Losing money.

About sports fans: Being rude and uninformed.

Personal

What I Like …

People: I love kids; it’s adults I worry about.

That would surprise those who know me: That I’m a very good driver.

Above all else: Watching “Family Guy.”

About myself: I’ve come a long way and have overcome some tremendous obstacles.

Heroes: My dad, Bill Parcells, Captain Picard.

Players: Harry Carson, George Martin and all my teammates throughout the years.

Teams: 1986 and 1990 Giants.

City: New York, no doubt.

Possession: My Super Bowl rings and my golf clubs.

Memento: My MVP trophy from ’86.

Music: Old-time hip-hop and R&B.

Books: “The Da Vinci Code.” I also love comic books.

Author: Dan Brown.

Magazines: GQ, Golf Digest.

Hobbies: Golf, people watching.

Movies: “Untouchables,” “Gladiator,” “2012.”

TV: “Family Guy,” “Star Trek.”

Concerts: Earth, Wind & Fire.

Drink: Chivas.

Cars: Escalade, especially one without dents.

Quote: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.” — Vince Lombardi.

Miscellaneous: I am very happy with my life and a little surprised I made it to 50.

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